Office 365 in the cloud is unlike any other previous Office release. The continual access to new features in Office 365 is both exciting and overwhelming for users. While this rapid innovation enables businesses to increase their productivity like never before, the constant stream of updates can also lead to “feature paralysis,” where users become so overwhelmed they end up sticking to the tools and services they know rather than stepping outside of their comfort zone. This may work in the short-term, but users who aren’t leveraging the tools and services to their full potential will miss out on opportunities to improve their productivity and, ultimately, inhibit driving greater business value in the future.
While you may not be able to explore all of what Office 365 has to offer in one day, we’ve listed out three great features that you should try right now, if you haven’t already.
1) Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is particularly well suited for teams who are highly engaged, iterating on shared deliverables, such as sales, marketing, project management, engineering, and customer service. This is an alternative or a supplement to existing capabilities within the suite. Microsoft Teams is intended to be a digital translation of an open office space that fosters easy connection and conversation to help people build relationships. One that makes work visible, integrated, and accessible across the team, so everyone is in the know.
Chat-Based WordSpace in Office 365
2) Microsoft Flow
Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it practical and simple for line of business users to build workflows that automate time-consuming business tasks and processes across applications and services. As the successor to SharePoint Designer, it will be the default tool for building business automation in SharePoint moving forward. Microsoft Flow is the next step for workflow automation with an easy interface for apps and services outside of Office 365.
Workflow Automation with Apps & Services
3) Microsoft PowerApps
PowerApps is a business application platform that helps power users in business roles build and deploy business apps easily. Users can generate an app automatically, customize it, create an app from scratch, and share and run apps that they create or that others create and share with them. PowerApps aims to take the friction out of the process of writing these apps, and users will be able to pull data from both cloud-based and on-premises data sources into their apps.
Custom Applications Without Coding
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